The Permission Society: How the Ruling Class Turns Our Freedoms into Privileges and What We Can Do about It

The Permission Society How the Ruling Class Turns Our Freedoms into Privileges and What We Can Do about It Throughout history kings and emperors have promised freedoms to their people Yet these freedoms were really only permissions handed down from on high The American Revolution inaugurated a new vision

  • Title: The Permission Society: How the Ruling Class Turns Our Freedoms into Privileges and What We Can Do about It
  • Author: Timothy Sandefur
  • ISBN: 9781594038396
  • Page: 200
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Throughout history, kings and emperors have promised freedoms to their people Yet these freedoms were really only permissions handed down from on high The American Revolution inaugurated a new vision people have basic rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and government must ask permission from them Sadly, today s increasingly bureaucratic society isThroughout history, kings and emperors have promised freedoms to their people Yet these freedoms were really only permissions handed down from on high The American Revolution inaugurated a new vision people have basic rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and government must ask permission from them Sadly, today s increasingly bureaucratic society is beginning to turn back the clock and to transform America into a nation where our freedoms the right to speak freely, to earn a living, to own a gun, to use private property, even the right to take medicine to save one s own life are again treated as privileges the government may grant or withhold at will Timothy Sandefur examines the history of the distinction between rights and privileges that played such an important role in the American experiment, and how we can fight to retain our freedoms against the growing power of government Illustrated with dozens of real life examples including many cases he litigated himself Sandefur shows how treating freedoms as government created privileges undermines our Constitution and betrays the basic principles of human dignity.

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    1. "But in the end, the only way to stop America's descent into a Permission Society is for citizens to realize the high stakes involved. Freedom is something all people enjoy because we are people. It is not a privilege the government gives to us. If the blessings of Liberty are to remain a reality, they must be regarded as rights, not as permissions. Whether it be the freedom to build a home, start a business, advertise, or take medicine or own guns to protect our lives, we must not allow polit [...]

    2. Sure, it makes perfect sense. But how can you think those thoughts once you are educated only about asking permission? And like the UK, the rest of Europe can be even worse.

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